The Best Wedding Suits For Men: Summer Edition

Esquire speaks to Timothy Lord, stylist to the likes of Jude Law and the Qatari royal family, to find out how you can master dressing for whatever nuptials you're attending this year

1 | The Country Wedding

Taking place in a field, there's hay bales, a hog roast and you're asked to look casual.

Timothy says: "It's always best to err on the smarter side. The contrast of this jacket and trousers will make you look presentable but not overdressed, and although there's no tie, the pocket square suggests you've made an effort. Finally, wearing a casual shirt means you can take off the jacket and roll up your sleeves if needed."

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2 | The City Wedding

Confetti on the steps of a registry office followed by a hotel reception. Time to dress up.

"Use this 'occasion' to wear something other than a standard blue or navy suit", says Lord, "It's tempting to go for something safe, but actually something like a three piece, check suit, like this, makes a statement without screaming 'look at me'. I've also used a half Windsor knot to fit this cutaway collar."

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3 | The Formal Wedding

The sort of once in a lifetime wedding that requires a full on tuxedo.

"If you can afford to buy a tuxedo, rather than hire one, do so, as the fit will be much better. From there it's relatively simple. You need a formal white shirt, a black bow tie and patent shoes. It's the details that matter though, the fit, how well your shirt is ironed and the length of your trousers, which should sit just on your shoe."

Jacket:
Upgraded to a tuxedo

Tie: Bow

Shoes: Patent

4 | The Beach Wedding

"People seem completely lost on sand, and rightly so. I'd say go smart, but light. A beach is the one of the few times you'll get away with cream trousers and a sky blue jacket, just make sure it's linen. Shoes are optional, as is a tie, but in this case it helps smarten up the blazer."

5 | Traditional Wedding

Almost certainly taking place in a church, and you've been asked to wear morning dress.

"Chances are you'll be hiring this but if you can, ask for a dueling jacket. It looks like traditional morning dress but has a rounded hem and finishes higher up the leg, making it look more modern. Note the tie, rather than a cravat —less fussy. Finally, in place of plain trousers, these are herringbone. All relatively small changes but they will modernise the suit."